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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.

July 29, 2012 at 1:04 PM

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WR Golden Tate jumps out at Sunday's practice

RENTON -- Wide receiver Golden Tate made a diving catch behind cornerback Phillip Adams during a passing drill, coming down with the ball before safety Chris Maragos could come over the top.

That was just a warm-up, though. Tate later made a leaping grab high above cornerback Brandon Browner.

Sandwiched in between was a play that coach Pete Carroll thought Tate could have made.

Tate agreed.

"Coach Carroll, he has a good feel for what plays I can make," Tate said. "I do, too. That was one of the ones I didn't make, and I feel that was a routine catch for me."

No player -- outside of the four quarterbacks on Seattle's roster -- has a bigger opportunity in front of him this training camp.

Mike Williams is gone, released, and Tate is among a group of receivers in consideration to start at split end.

It's too much to say this is a make-or-break season. He caught 19 passes over the final five regular-season games last season, Seattle's most productive receiver in that time.

But Tate is never going to have a better chance than now to demonstrate that he's someone who can be counted on as a primary target in this offense going forward.

• Guard Rishaw Johnson was taken off the field after Sunday's practice, sitting on the back of a motorized cart.

No for anyone asking, "Who?" that would be the undrafted rookie from California University in Pennsylvania, who was among the most impressive rookies during the team's offseason workouts. In fact, Johnson even saw some time with the first-unit line.

Now, obviously it's a little soon to offer an assessment of the significance of that injury, but it's something to monitor.

• LB Jameson Konz and DT Alan Branch were held out of Sunday's practice. Branch was wearing a neoprene sleeve on his lower leg while Konz was icing his knee.

• TE Kellen Winslow was limited in practice, not wearing a helmet. That's not surprising as the Seahawks knew when they acquired him that they would manage his practice time because of a knee condition.

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